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Fearing 'death,' 1 in 10 small Tokyo eateries won't close early

Owners blast shorter hours with inadequate government support

Big message: Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's emergency declaration is broadcast in a bar- and nightclub-lined street in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward.  (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- More than 10% of small restaurants and bars near Tokyo's busy Shinjuku Station say they will not close at 8 p.m. as requested by authorities, arguing that such a move would sound the death knell for their businesses.

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